Summary: I bought this printer in Nov 2009. At first I was fairly happy with it. I had to readjust my color settings to get it to print at an acceptable level. After a few months, I got this annoying dot running through everything in the same place horizontally. I looked online trying to find a solution. No solution to be found. I tried everything and finally gave up on solving that. It wasn't too terrible, I figured.
Summary: I purchased this Brother HL-4040CDN printer for my office. Initially, I loved it because the print quality was excellent. In fact, I purchased a second one for our front office. This was a serious mistake! I should have waited a little longer before investing more money in Brother equipment. The printer requires four separate toner cartridges (which is to be expected) which Amazon offers at roughly $50 each.
Summary: Dollar for dollar this printer has more features than any comparable HP but the color won't impress anyone. The colors are muddy at best and at worst smear down the page, new cartriges don't seem to help. The first page output is slow and for some reason it acts as if it is going to print another page at the end of every print job, which makes the last page output seem slow.
Summary: We bought this printer because using an inkjet printer in high desert country is hard. My cartridges would dry out faster than I could use them. I even put them in plastic bags when I knew I wouldn't be using the printer for a while. This new printer works great. It prints clear and sharp. Tho I'm not doing any kind of presentation or picture prints. Using the Laser color saved us $$$$$ in the long run.
Summary: This printer worked great for a while. Then the cartridges started to "leak". I thought, at first, that it was one badly manufactured cartridge, but it's happened with every cartridge I've used. I've bought several cartridges and they all seem to have the same problem. I have to vacuum out the machine frequently otherwise my pages come out with "laser dust" all over them. Customer Service was no help. Brother products are usually so reliable. Any suggestions?
Brother HL-4040CDN printer - good value for the money
27 January 2011
Summary: This printer was bought to replace a Konic/Minolta Magicolor 2300 that failed. I like the ease with which the toner cartridges can be installed & removed. Toner replacement is definitely easier than my old Magicolor printer. I also like the pull out paper tray that is similar to that on my old HP Laser Jet Black & White laser printer. I also like the tilt LCD dispaly. It was also easy to get the printer setup and working right out of the box with no problems.
Summary: I have to print of many pages of notes with tons of diagrams, which honestly can not be differentiated without color. This allows me to do that. Since i also print so much, the laser is the way to go, b/c it saves much more money in the long run. Also i can refill the toner myself (so i'm saving more money by not constantly changing toners). This thing is big and i do mean really really big. Be prepared to have a very sturdy table to hold it up.
Great printer for casual color printing - horrible toner empty system
Robert Thompson, Amazon
28 April 2010
Summary: While I don't write many reviews, I felt it was warranted in this case. I love this printer. It's my everyday general business use printer and it has worked fantastically. The color prints are great for the web pages I need printed, and many of my other uses. It was never intended (at least in my purchase) to produce beautiful photographic prints - however, it does do decent proofs. Now for my gripe.
Great for charts and reports... horrible for photos or registration
M. H. Cannon "Life is short, so why worry abo..., Amazon
17 February 2010
Summary: The review title sums it up succinctly. On the plus side this is a very easy machine to set up and put in use. It a very fast machine for it's class and it features a great power save option that will wake the machine when a print file is sent to it. On the negative side, the color fidelity makes this machine a poor choice anyone needing accuracy for photos or graphic design. The colors tend to appear washed out even when set to "vibrant" in the print dialog.